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School supplies that stand out

08/15/2014 12:00 AM

08/14/2014 12:15 PM

Going back to school means stocking up on all the essential supplies that kids need to have a successful year.

From spiral notebooks and folders to No. 2 pencils and markers, the list is long — but the options aren’t always that inspiring.

Now you can add some spark to your favorite student or students’ school year with the help of supplies that are as fun and unique as children are. Here is a look at our favorites.

Express yourself

Gone are the days of plain, clear tape and in its place comes a much more interesting selection. In a range of vibrant colors like fuchsia and turquoise and trendy patterns like ikat and plaid, Scotch Expressions Magic Tape is a great way for students to add a touch of personalization or flare to a school project or craft. $5.99, Office Depot.

Leaving your mark

When you’ve got limited pencil box space, choosing supplies that serve dual purposes is always a smart move. These colorful Bicycle Paper Clips not only help to keep homework and other papers organized, but they’re also large enough for students to use as a bookmark when reading. $3.99, The Container Store.

All tied up

A funny-looking eraser with an equally funny name, Yoobi’s Pretzel Erasers add a punch of personality to any child’s pencil box. Available in packs of four, the bendable erasers come in colors like purple and blue and are smudge resistant (goodbye, ugly black marks). Need even more of a reason to buy? For every Yoobi item you purchase, the brand donates a Yoobi item to a classroom in need. $1.99, Target.

A sticky situation

Up until now, glue (in any form) has always been pretty mundane. Luckily, the experts at Elmer’s Glue decided to take it up a notch with the creation of two zany products. Available in packs of five, Elmer’s Colored Glue Sticks are nontoxic, come in vibrant shades (red, orange, yellow, green and blue) and retain their color when dry. Also available from the Elmer’s brand is Swirl Glam Glitter Glue. Sold in packs of four or five, the glue comes in glittery combos like blue/purple and orange/yellow. $3.99-5.99, Michaels.

Cut above the rest

Cut construction paper in style with a pair of scissors by Target’s up&up brand. Unlike most in-store options that feature only solid-colored handles, up&up scissors have handles that feature prints and patterns (perfect for students wanting something different). $3, Target.

Make note of it

Making notes while studying can be a major bore, but leave it to the Post-it folks to make it a tad more interesting. While the sticky squares of paper already come in a variety of bright colors, they are also available in an assortment of fun shapes to suit any student’s taste. Among the choices: footballs, purses, hearts and frogs. $2.27, Wal-Mart.

Twist and shout

Non-erasable colored pencils that require sharpening by hand? That’s so last school year. Crayola’s Erasable Twistables Colored Pencils, available in a wide range of colors, feature a built-in sharpener (just twist the end for more pencil) and eraser. That means no smudging, no mistakes — just lots of creativity and fun. $5.99 (for 12-pack), Staples.

Building blocks of learning

The supply of pencil cases and pouches is plentiful, but you won’t find many options like the Lego Classic Brick Pencil Case. Designed to look just like your child’s favorite building toy, the playful-looking pencil case is the perfect shape and size for holding pens and pencils. $5.99, Bed Bath & Beyond.

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